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Check out the 2014 Entertainment lineup

Friday April 11 Saturday April 12 Sunday April 13
8:30pm Tracy Lawrence 8:30pm Musiq Soulchild 5:30pm T-Pain
6:00pm One Night Rodeo 6:30pm Lyfe Jennings 4:00pm Doug E Fresh
4:30pm BK Jackson 2:00pm Trinity 7
3:00pm Impulse
2:00pm NuJazz

*Artist and times subject to change without notice.

Friday April 11 - 2014

8:30 PM - Tracy Lawrence

Tracy Lawrence Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country music with songs such as “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.

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6:00 PM - One Night Rodeo

One Night Rodeo With their spot-on, smooth-as-sipping whiskey harmonies and high-octane, full-throttle live shows, One Night Rodeo has built a solid following and won over thousands of fans from coast to coast throughout the course of their career. Though their name suggests a more love 'em and leave 'em type experience, the band offers up pure country fun with each and every performance and inspires true devotion among its throngs of fans who flock time and again to hear them play at concerts around the country.

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Saturday April 12 - 2014

8:30 PM - Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild Philadelphia native Taalib Johnson a.k.a Musiq Soulchild, is a soul artist whose unique style blends R&B, Soul, Funk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Hip Hop, creating a sound unlike any other. “I consider myself a soul artist because it encompasses all genres of music!” Musiq states “I like to make music that means something to people, nowadays there are so many categories and labels, I just wanna make music that matters!”

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7:00 PM - Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings In 2005, Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist Lyfe Jennings demanded attention when his raspy intro, “aye yo you....,” blanketed the airwaves with his hit, “Must Be Nice” on his debut album Lyfe 268-192.

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4:30 PM - BK Jackson

BK Jackson BK is an exceptional musician and has been electrifying audiences in the US for several years. BK first performed at the age of 11, and has received numerous awards for his talents. He was voted as the Tampa Bay Entertainer of the Year (First Annual Black Diamond Award) and was the NAACP ACT-SO (Afro Academic Technological Scientific Olympics) Gold Medal Winner in the Music Instrumental/Contemporary Category. BK was also the youngest person ever selected as a finalist and won the Fifth Annual Capital Jazz Festival Challenge in Columbia, Maryland.

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3:00 PM - Impulse

Impulse Formed in 1997 the band was made up of three original members, Ted Henderson (Band leader) on bass, programming & vocals, Derrick Liverpool on drums & lead vocals and Russell Henderson on guitar & vocals playing a wide range of world music, caribbean flavored. Our first series together was at Schaefers in Chesapeake City, Maryland where we were invited for 2 more consecutive summers accompanied by the enchanting sound of the steel drums with Rosen.

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2:00 PM - NuJazz

NuJazz NuJazz is a contemporary/smooth jazz band based in the Sarasota/Bradenton area that is made up of Dr. Melvin Price on soprano, alto, and tenor sax, Eric Enfield on keys, Steve Rand on acoustic and electric guitars, Louis Robison on percussion, Ron Ross on bass and Cory Ross on drums.

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Sunday April 13 - 2014

5:30 PM - T-Pain

T-Pain T-Pain has been awarded two Grammy's, produced and written a plethora of chart-topping and platinum-selling singles, garnered “Songwriter of the Year” and “Producer of the Year” honors at the BMI Urban Awards and earned a BET Award.Since his 2005 debut album, Rappa Ternt Sanga, T-Pain has been synonymous with his use of the Auto-Tune effect on his vocals and for his long dreadlocks. Toward the end of 2013, he ditched the dreadlocks and revealed via Twitter his plans to release a new album in 2014. “The name of my album is Stoicville: The Phoenix,” he wrote. “To me, a Phoenix represents new beginnings. A new era. A new life. I'm rising from the ashes.” The Auto Tune, however, remained, as evidenced by his 2013 single “Up Down (Do This All Day)”, featuring B.o.B.

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4:00 PM - Doug E Fresh

Doug E Fresh Doug E. Fresh, The “Original Human Beatbox”, is an entertainer, entrepreneur, and visionary. Fresh initially gained popularity in 1983 for his ability to produce drum percussions, using his mouth, throat, and a microphone.

By 1985, Fresh was one of the biggest names in rap music, and his first single for Reality, “The Show/La Di Da Di,” became a hip-hop classic. It was recorded with his Get Fresh Crew, including MC Ricky D (only later to gain fame as Slick Rick), along with Barry Bee and Chill Will. His first LP, 1987's Oh, My God!, featured most of his showpieces, like “Play This Only at Night” and “All the Way to Heaven,” along with nods to reggae and even gospel.

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2:00 PM - Trinity 7

Trinity 7 Trinity 7, led by singer Ras Meishak hailing from the hills of Jamaica, delivers authentic, roots reggae. Their original music carries on the message that reggae was founded on: a message of inspiration, revolution, transformation, hope, unity & peace. The members of Trinity 7 came together from many different regions, cultures and backgrounds, all united by a deep-rooted love for reggae music and a steadfast belief that conscious music can produce positive change within society.

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Volunteers

Please consider volunteering your time at the 8th Annual Gulf Coast Rhythm & Ribfest. You will not only have fun volunteering at the event, but are able to stay before and after your shifts to enjoy the music and food. It will truly be a great weekend!

Ribmasters

“Greatest Ribs in America”, “Golden Ribs Award”, “Best Sauce in the Nation” and numerous “People’s Choice Awards” are just a few of the Titles and Awards, the attending Rib Masters share amongst them. Last year’s winners of the “Best Ribs” and “Best Sauce” Awards will attend again and are ready to defend their titles.

Tickets

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Kids Fest

Families will find plenty to do and will enjoy Games, Rides, Prizes, Thrill Shows, and Live Entertainment in our Interactive Kid’s Fun Zone.

Sponsorship
Opportunities

Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities are still available. Last years event attracted over 25,000 attendees. This year’s event is even bigger and better and is expected to draw 30,000 visitors from Manatee and the surrounding counties to the Manatee Fairgrounds.